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Endangered Species

  • Spotlight Species: Southern Resident Killer Whale - June 22: Learn more about the Southern Resident killer whale, one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight.
  • Celebrating Sea Turtles - Sea Turtle Week 2015 - June 14: Join us as we celebrate World Sea Turtle Day with Sea Turtle Week 2015, a week-long look at NOAA Fisheries sea turtle science and conservation.
  • Ask a NOAA Expert Your Questions about Sea Turtles - June 15: Celebrate Sea Turtle Week by asking Barbara Schroeder, an ecologist and coordinator of NOAA’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery program, questions about sea turtles on Reddit between 2-4 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 18th. 
  • Species in the Spotlight: Pacific Leatherback - June 14: Learn more about the Pacific leatherback sea turtle, one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight.
  • Species in the Spotlight: Cook Inlet Beluga Whale - May 26: Learn more about the Cook Inlet beluga whale, one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight.
  • Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive - May 14: Of all the species NOAA protects under the ESA, we consider eight among the most at risk of extinction in the near future. Our “Species in the Spotlight: Survive to Thrive” initiative is an agency-wide effort to help these species survive.
  • Humpback Whales: A Success Story? - Apr 20: Are humpback whales still endangered, or have their populations recovered enough since whaling ended that they can now be taken off the Endangered Species List?
  • Revised ESA Listing of the Green Sea Turtle - Mar 20: Successful conservation efforts along Florida and Pacific Coasts recognized in revised Endangered Species Act listing of the green sea turtle.
  • Captive Killer Whale Included On Endangered List - Feb 4: NOAA Fisheries will issue a final rule to include Lolita, a captive killer whale at the Miami Seaquarium, in the endangered species listing for Southern Resident Killer Whales that spend much of the year in inland waters of WA and British Columbia.
  • Research Discovery Exposes Loggerhead Lost Years - Jan 13: The discovery of numerous juvenile loggerhead turtles by a NOAA Fisheries research survey more than 200 miles off the Southern California Coast has revealed new details about a mysterious part of the endangered turtles’ epic migration.
  • Sea Turtles Rescued from the Cold - Dec 23: A record number of sea turtles have stranded after being cold-stunned this fall. The Sea Turtle Stranding Network is bringing them in from the cold.
  • Investigating Steller Sea Lion Populations - Dec 22: Keeping track of Steller sea lion populations is no easy task, but it's critical to ensuring their survival. In the U.S., the Steller sea lion is endangered under the Endangered Species Act in the western part of its range. Our new video explains.
  • NOAA Lists 20 New Corals Under ESA - Aug 25: NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Special Report: Southern Resident Killer Whales - Jun 25: Today, NOAA Fisheries released a report highlighting the accomplishments of 10 years of dedicated research and conservation of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population.
  • Underwater Robots Search for Sea Turtles - Jun 19: Scientists test out a new tool for keeping track of endangered populations of sea turtles: submersible robots with side-scan sonar.
  • For Rescued Sea Turtle Eggs, A Chance at Survival - Jun 18: NOAA Fisheries veterinarian, Brian Stacy, describes a very unusual attempt to rescue the eggs of a sea turtle that was hit and killed by a boat.
  • Celebrate Sea Turtle Week 2014 - Jun 16: Celebrate Sea Turtle Week 2014 with us and learn more about the six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters.
  • Protecting the Smalltooth Sawfish - May 16: In this video, learn about the science behind protecting smalltooth sawfish and see NOAA Fisheries research in action.
  • What Do You Want to Know about Atlantic Sturgeon? - May 12: What do you want to know about Atlantic sturgeon? Ask a NOAA scientist during a chat on Twitter this week, Thursday, May 15 at 2-3 p.m. EST.
  • Killer in Distress - Dec 26: Scientists are working to understand why the population of Southern Resident killer whales isn’t rebounding, and what we can do to help them recover.
  • Teacher at Sea Learns the Right Kind of Lessons - Dec 13: Teacher at Sea Angela Greene joined NOAA scientists for a survey to study one of the nation's most critically endangered species: the North Atlantic right whale. Find out what she learned.
  • Right Whales: Steady as We Go - Dec 6: One of the principal threats to right whale recovery is collisions with ships. Because of this threat, NOAA Fisheries is renewing a rule meant to reduce the threat of vessel collisions with right whales.
  • A Changing Climate for Endangered Species - Dec 4: Scientists are working to ensure that the Endangered Species Act remains effective in the face of a changing climate. A special section in the latest issue of Conservation Biology highlights their progress.
  • A Whale of a Thanksgiving Day Feast - Nov 26: Most of us are celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner, but the Inupiat people on Alaska's north slope will be giving thanks over an animal that is a bit bigger than your average holiday bird.
  • Endangered Species Act Turns 40 - Nov 22: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Species diversity and ecosystem health are part of the natural legacy we leave for future generations, and the Act helps protect this legacy.
  • Scientists on the Hunt for Sturgeon Spawning Areas - Nov 20: Sturgeon are spawning again in the Chesapeake Bay, but they’ve been gone so long that we’ve forgotten the basic life history information we need to boost their recovery. That’s about to change.
  • Steller Performance - Nov 18: The Eastern population of Steller sea lions, now recovered, is off the threatened species list under the Endangered Species Act.
  • 40 Species for 40 Years of the Endangered Species - Nov 21: A picture is worth a thousand words. See 40 Species for 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act in our new slideshow.
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Recovering Species - Nov 18: We're celebrating 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act, which means 40 years of recovering threatened and endangered species.
  • Report on Endangered Species Recovery - Jul 11: Check out our progress with endangered species recovery in the 2010-2012 Biennial Report to Congress on the Recovery Program for Threatened and Endangered Species.
  • Turtles Have Fingerprints? - Jun 14: New genetic technique with turtles reveals paternity and more.
  • U.S. and Russia Complete Largest Ice Seal Survey - Jun 13: Researchers from U.S. and Russia completed the largest survey ever for seals that live in sea-ice habitat.
  • To Protect Fin Whales, Listen Closely… - May 20: Scientists map out distinct populations of endangered fin whales based on differences in their songs.
  • Saving Coho Salmon: It's All About the Timing - May 17: As NOAA biologists work to re-establish runs of coho salmon in California, they aim to bring back some of the diversity of the wild populations that once thrived there.
  • The Keratin Connection - May 16: Experts with very different backgrounds join forces to protect endangered sea turtles.
  • Study Analyzes Risks to Whales from Ship Traffic - Mar 29: Researchers identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a newly released study.
  • Public Comment Extended to List 66 Coral Species - Feb 25: The public comment period is extended for NOAA's proposed listing of 66 reef-building coral species under the Endangered Species Act.
  • When One Endangered Species Eats Another - Jan 22: When one endangered species eats another, ecosystem-based management may be the only way to save them both: killer whales and chinook salmon.
  • NOAA Helps Indonesian Team Protect Sea Turtles - July 2: NOAA scientists and an Indonesian turtle monitoring team study leatherback sea turtle nesting populations in Papua, Indonesia, to learn more about population decline factors to protect this endangered species.
  • Turtle Bycatch Experiments Empower Students - May 29: Students have unique opportunity to work with NOAA Fisheries scientists to protect turtles from the impacts of fishing gear in Baja California, Mexico.
  • NOAA Invites Comment on Coral Reports - April 13: NOAA announces the availability of several coral documents for public review and comment in response to a petition to list 83 species of coral under the Endangered Species Act. Photo Credit: Arkive, Franco Banfi
  • New Protections in Place for Atlantic Sturgeon - Jan. 31: NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced a final decision to list five distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Final Recovery Plan Issued for Steelhead Trout - Jan. 12: NOAA Fisheries Service issued a final Recovery Plan designed to stabilize and eventually restore steelhead trout numbers in coastal streams from the Santa Maria River in Santa Barbara County south to the United States and Mexico border.
  • Scientists Track the Gulf Sturgeon Stampede - Oct. 20: Cool fall temperatures signal to Gulf sturgeon that it’s time to migrate. That means NOAA Fisheries scientists are on their trail, determined to better understand these mysterious fish.
  • Bringing Back the Abalone - Oct. 3, 2011: Faced with a variety of threats, including disease and illegal harvest, abalone are endangered in some parts of the Northwest. But new NOAA-funded research could restore their numbers.